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Character Cove / Re: What Apostle/Creature did you like the best?
« on: April 24, 2018, 12:43:25 PM »
Agreed. A common reading of the Wyald sequence is that it undermines the Eclipse by essentially having a "mini-feast." But instead, it's establishing the stakes for the Eclipse, so that when we realize all those figures on the horizon are each apostles, we know we aren't in for a big fight and escape sequence for most of our heroes, but an inescapable death. That's an absolute tonal shift that neither of the anime adaptations succeeds at pulling off.

Doesn’t it also serves to show Guts (and everyone there) that those monsters are originally also humans? The end of that sequence is quite awesome, when Wyald’s body turns back into an old man and everybody sees it happening. Without this moment, Guts could very well not know that the apostles were humans before, no? And also that they are naturally evil, not just during eclipse ceremonies. I don’t think seeing what Griffith did would be enough to know this because his is a ‘special’ case, so Miura introduces this information to Guts with Wyald.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 22, 2018, 02:32:10 PM »
Almost. You're looking for the latest YA edition, (the one with this cover) with a release date of 3/23. It's confusing, but the magazine is dated April 13, because that's just how they market it. Consider that these things live on store shelves for a few weeks. So it's like a car, where it's always dated in the future so as not to appear stale.

Aaah, thanks Walter! Weird indeed, but anyway I will look for it! For sure I will get some funny looks buying a magazine with such a cover, but whatever :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 22, 2018, 02:14:15 PM »
Wow. Dunno what to say, so I will just asked something slightly out of topic: I’m in Japan right now (lucky!) and was curious to know if I will be able to find this Young Animal tomorrow in any convenience store? Because it says the release is tomorrow, even though it’s the 13th of April release  :???: Can’t wait to read those pages again!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your most hated words
« on: December 31, 2016, 11:18:18 PM »
No, most people just end up looking like idiots when they try to say it.

Thanks God! I had a landscape laboratory at Uni for 6 months and every time I had to present my work and say Rural I felt ~really~ retarded  :ganishka:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your most hated words
« on: December 30, 2016, 06:52:34 PM »

In my native language, Portuguese, it's really simple to pronounce, but in English it's a complete torture :mozgus:

And I'm really curious: you guys have trouble or think it is annoying to pronounce it, or the problem it's me who is not an English native speaker?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Do you believe in God?
« on: December 30, 2016, 06:45:34 PM »
I'm very much a nihilist, and have been an atheist since I was very young. I view my experience in life as something very precious and my one chance to do what I can to help mankind and the one's I love.

Maybe what you meant was Existentialism, in the definition of Kierkegaard?  :???:

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: September 20, 2016, 05:26:42 PM »
I wanted to suggest such a thread but was afraid of sounding like the annoying guys that only care for that :puck: It's only because I have crap memory and have been busy.

Anyway, thanks!

Speculation Nation / Re: What to expect in Elfhelm
« on: December 02, 2015, 06:07:44 PM »
God, I can't wait for the end of December... Berserk and vacations! :ubik:

One little question: do you think that the "cure" for Casca could be limited geographically to the island? As if the magic power or don't know what that would be used to help her recover her consciousness could not have effect outside Elfhelm? I don't know why this crossed my mind when I read the last episode, but I'm a little "worried", haha

Character Cove / Re: Casca's misadventure with Femto
« on: September 06, 2015, 12:00:46 AM »
The fact that she mentally regressed due to that scene kinda kills that idea of ambiguity you have, no? She didn't enjoy it. Physical ~uncontrollable~ pleasure, maybe. Like when men are raped. Because you know, when a guy is forced to penetrate someone, that is also rape, no matter how and why he got an erection.

[...] rape is not all vaginal lubrification, lusty eyes, swollen aroused lips and a girl actively going for it as shown in those chapters.

Where did you read this in Berserk? Not even the ~love~ scene between Casca and Guts has any of this.

Character Cove / Re: Casca's misadventure with Femto
« on: September 05, 2015, 11:14:30 PM »
I am not a native English speaker, so few syntax errors will be found through my post. I apologise for any inconveniences during reading.

Neither am I, so please keep it in mind.

Reader of the manga, I couldn't avoid to notice that with the style, the storyboard and the pictures that it could seem like Casca is feeling pleasure during that quite traumatic moment (To say the least, I am not a big fan of rape scenes in any media).

I would like to avoid the very complex approach of: Could a woman feel pleasure while being forced / raped? Approach that I could summarise in few lines:

- It can happen (some victims mentioned that fact)
- Truthful information about the topic are very hard to find since they could be used to diminish the traumatic effects of rape for the victim and somehow excuse the rapists
- It usually makes things even worst in the aftermath for the victims which feel guilty and usually can't understand why and how their body could betray them.
- When pleasure for victims of rape is mentioned, it just increase the shunning and despise from society towards them (often, especially from their own partner)
- Sexologists think it could be a adaptive / defensive reaction of the body to avoid further physical damages in a sensitive part of the body or just a response to physical sexual stimulation
- Psychologists think it could be a adaptive / defensive reaction of the mind to avoid further physical damages in a sensitive part of the body or linked to hidden desires (we say it is complex)
- In fact nobody knows exactly why it happens but specialists know that the wrong people will use any theories in their favour.
- A rape is a rape, it shouldn't be done on anyone (beside rapists). Period

Is interesting, to say the least, how sometimes discussions about rape forget to mention one essential thing: fear. She is in shock, barely conscious, unable to struggle physical or verbally, being raped by someone she deeply cared and being watched by who she loves.

I had a dream once, and even though I don't remember it, I still feel terrified by how I was unable to voice anything. And it was only a dream... Try to imagine the real thing.

My approach is more about: Didn't Miura just use a classic trope / cliché of hentai and Japanese erotic or pornographic material?

Miura certainly didn't just use a cliché of Hentai. I'm sure he took some inspiration on it, which is obvious with the tentacles, but is really making everything he created in that scene too simplistic. Yes, I believe he showed her feeling pleasure, specially because she begs Guts not to look, but that was not because Miura fails to understand the act but because it served in a dramatic way the story. Guts (for me its kinda bizarre how lots of people see him as an insensitive person) for sure does not blame Casca for any of it (as I am sure he does realise his own rape was not his fault), his rage is clearly due to what and how (making sure to show him) Griffith was doing it.

The same kind of Japanese cliché about women and rape can be seen with the Black dog during his first apparition having sex with women who seem to all enjoy him.

Why couldn't they be enjoying it? The scene does not show him forcing them, just a bunch of girls around him in what is clearly an orgy. Believe me, women can also be horny, just looking for sex.

Probably just a coincidence, but Ogun is the name of a Cadomblé [a popular religion on the Northeast region of Brazil] deity that presides over iron and war. An interesting thing is that he is a powerful warrior that could show anger and cause destructiveness towards his own people.

Just my two cents of random culture  :serpico:

Character Cove / Re: The last thought of Griffith before the hell rises
« on: December 16, 2013, 11:11:47 PM »
I like how your question shows the main reason why the movies are not good: they do not show enough or properly the history for a good understanding.

To (half) answer your last question: no one knew, by that time, about the Beherit and its use. But that's not actually (like in the manga) what Griffith says.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: A lack of Berserk - Dark Horse & DMP
« on: November 16, 2013, 10:19:55 PM »
Sorry if it was already mentioned before, but I went to check that RightStuff store and though about asking here for an equivalent that ships from Europe. Does anyone know a good one?


So, since it's a complete story and long enough to fill a small volume, there is a bigger chance that it will be published outside Japan, right? At least in English, I mean. Or, actually, it probably depends on how well it's received by the public = sells.

Happy early birthday! :guts:I'm going to go ahead and guess that Miura has a bit of wiggle room due to Berserk being such a big seller for Young Animal. I doubt that there's much they can do to keep him from doing what he wants (sorry, my speculation is showing  :griffnotevil: ). To answer the other part of your question, I don't think that manga authors do this sort of thing very often, but working on two series at once isn't unheard of. Gigantomakhia is an interesting case to me due to its length.

Thanks! I couldn't be luckier :]

So this new work kind of confirms Miura's "status", right? It makes me very happy that he is that much respected. It annoys me every time I see someone bitch about the waiting and breaks, like the guy owes something to anyone or that he is lazy... because he hasn't been doing that masterpiece for the last 20 years, right.

Anyway, thanks for the translation Walter! His last work was Japan in 1992 and his style improved a lot, will be awesome to see it in another story. :ubik:

Oh, the first issue will be on my birthday! <3

That's a really good theme to go with Miura's style, I think. But, I'm curious, is common for authors to be allowed to halt their main work to try something else? Or is it something that only very respected authors get to do? I am personally very happy that he has that opportunity, after so many years doing Berserk, guess that trying something new must be refreshing.

Thanks for the information Walter!

Podcast / Re: New podcasts?
« on: October 24, 2013, 01:53:52 PM »
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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« on: August 07, 2013, 03:09:30 AM »
I didn't want to create a new topic just for this, so I will take advantage from this topic title  :carcus:

I found out about this sculpture today while watching TV:

It's called Monumento al Ahogado (monument to the drowned) and it is at Punta del Este, Uruguay. You can't see it on that photo, but it's huge. Quite obvious what it reminds me of, right? :] I really liked it. Has anyone personally seen this sculpture?

Speculation Nation / Re: Why is Guts' hair now white?
« on: July 05, 2013, 03:37:02 PM »
My two cents: I have a friend who has exactly the same patch of white hair as Guts. It was caused due to depression and stress. So, it is very real, not something Miura came with out of nowhere (well, and when did he do something like that, anyway?).

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Literacy in Berserk
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:46:31 PM »
Actually, the original contains a lot of text.

Yeah, just that most people that have told me they read it, they actually just looked at the pictures. Probably because the most common version [in my country] has only pictures (makes sense, unfortunately. Reading is still one of the last appreciated pastimes in Brazil).

He's pretty sharp, but I doubt he could have learned "by accident".

Sorry, lacking vocabulary, bad English.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Literacy in Berserk
« on: June 06, 2013, 10:43:24 AM »
He flipped through a book in Griffiths library, but I got the impression that he was passing time. Plus it was pretty common for old texts to be accompanied by pictures.

That was the Kama Sutra, no? I don't think many people care for the text in this book, hahaha Was that the only occasion we saw him with a book? I can't remember any other.

I think he learned the basics by "accident", not really putting his mind on it. He seems to me as a smart guy.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Literacy in Berserk
« on: June 05, 2013, 05:11:14 PM »
Yeah, I do agree with the importance of it, but somehow it seems strange to me that they know how to read. Actually, not Griffith, but Casca and Guts. Maybe because I imagine the Berserk's world as a Middle Age story, and thus I associate with that literacy rate, which was, if I am not mistaken, not very high among those who were not from the church or had any practical use for it. Well, even nowadays is not really that common in some countries, unfortunately. What I think is that, if most people doesn't know how to read, then they can't also write, so there will be less "written materials" (like the roads signs, medicines labels and so on).

Somehow I can imagine Casca giving it some value, but not Guts, haha But that's just my feelings, nothing that I can be sure.

Anyway, thanks for your thoughts, I was just curious.

Manga Mausoleum / Literacy in Berserk
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:51:08 PM »
So, it might be an useless discussion, but it made me curious since I saw Casca reading a book on volume 8. Actually I'm kinda assuming she was reading it, since she was looking at it. Anyway, I was just wondering how she learned to read, after all, she was from a poor family. Maybe Griffith taught her (since I do know he can), but if is that, how did he learn? He was also poor, no? And my biggest doubt: is Guts able to read? I can't recall seeing it (which is not surprising, with my bad memory...), but as a warrior it is not really important or useful for him, right?

Griffith used Guts as a mental crutch for his insecurities as well as a trump card on the battlefield.

Thank you so much for this part. I always tried to summarized my thoughts regarding Griffith's necessity for Guts, but couldn't. You just did that for me.

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